EVENTS AT SEA
"All the Things that Can Go Wrong On A Cruise"


2017

The table below lists "events at sea" occurring after January 1, 2017, including cruise ship accidents.  It is based on media reports, passenger reports posted at on-line boards and discussion groups, and reports sent to Cruise Junkie. In reviewing the information, please keep in mind that some cruise lines are given less scrutiny by the media than others, and it is not uncommon for events to not appear in the media.  This information reflects only that which has made it into the public domain.

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Date
Ship
Cruise Line
Event
Type of Incident
February 19 Unknown St. Lucia Times reports a cruise ship visitor was robbed this afternoon near the Castries Market, the Times has been informed. The President of the Vendors Association, Peter ‘Ras Ipa’ Isaac, disclosed that three visitors were looking around by the market when two young men pounced on an elderly woman who was part of the group, grabbed a gold chain and escaped. The incident occurred at around 3:30 pm, he said. He told the Times that the visitors, two women and a man, were so upset after the incident that they did not want to speak to anyone, but headed back to their cruise ship. Pax robbed ashore
February 19 Emerald
Princess
Otago Daily Times reports bad weather caused the ship to skip the Dunedin port call, heading directly to Akaroa. Skipped port call
February 18 Sun
Princess
Stuff NZ reports a woman who fell overboard during a cruise spent almost an hour in the Pacific Ocean before being rescued. New Zealand singer Will Martin, who is currently working as a headline entertainer aboard the Sun Princess, said the passenger fell off the cruise ship between Brisbane and New Caledonia on Friday. Shortly after 4pm on Friday (4pm NZT) the "man overboard" announcement came over the bridge. Two life rings were deployed to mark the approximate location of where the passenger went into the water, Martin said. It took about 15 minutes for the ship to completely turn around and make it back to the same area. "By the time the ship made it back to the vicinity, all onlookers could see that both life rings were in fact empty - she hadn't made it to either one - no one could see her," Martin said. A zodiac-type life boat was then deployed from the ship to conduct a search. Shortly after 4.30pm (7.30pm NZT) the woman was located by the zodiac vessel, hauled aboard and returned to Sun Princess. In total, the woman was in the water for about 45 minutes. Pax overboard - rescued alive
February 16 Luminosa
Costa
& Crown
Princess
BNAmericas reports Chilean state port operator Empresa Portuaria Valparaíso (EPV) reported that a group of port workers temporarily downed tools and blocked access to the Pacífico Sur Terminal (TPS) in Valparaíso for several hours, refusing to provide services to two cruise ships and affecting thousands of passengers. Labour action affects cruise pax
February 16 Magica
Costa
Antigua Observer reports police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a crew member who was found hanging in his cabin this afternoon. The deceased was 27 years old, a dishwasher from India. The name has been withheld pending confirmation from the police that his relatives have been notified. Well-placed sources reported that another crew member discovered the body just before 2 pm. The crew member who shared a cabin with the deceased, allegedly took down the body and attempted to revive him, to no avail. The doctor on board was also called upon to help, but could do nothing for the man who was pronounced dead on the scene. Crew suicide
February 16 Sun
Princess
ABC reports about 140 passengers have come down with gastro, a fortnight after a similar outbreak on the vessel during a previous cruise. The Sun Princess returned to Brisbane about 7:00am after its 14-day trip around New Zealand. Queensland Health said 140 people were ill, but passengers estimated that number was higher. Some have complained that the ship should have delayed the voyage after 90 people suffered from norovirus on the ship's prior trip to Papua New Guinea. ABC journalist Kathryn Perrott, who was on the cruise with her brother, left the vessel in New Zealand. "We were so scared of getting the norovirus, there were people obviously sick," she said. "My brother was particularly not keen after a bad experience getting sick in the past. "We had cabins all around us being cleaned by people in hazmat suits. "It was increasingly common to see those hazmat suits cleaning rooms during the cruise. "It got to the point where there was an announcement over the loudspeaker from the captain saying that there was a high spike in norovirus cases on board the ship again. "That's when my brother and I decided to go home." Perrott and her brother paid to fly home, and were told by the cruise line that they would not be offered any compensation. ABC subsequently revised the numbers to 173 passengers and 3 crew. Illness outbreak
14 February Elation
CCL
Sun Sentinel reports the Coast Guard is searching for a man who reportedly went overboard about 15 miles southwest of Abaco, Bahamas. About 11 a.m. Monday, the agency was told that a 24-year-old man was seen on the ship’s closed circuit television system going overboard from the Elation’s 11th deck. Crews from the Coast Guard’s Air Station Miami and in Clearwater were sent to the scene off the Bahamas to conduct a search. The incident happened as the ship was heading from Jacksonville to its first port of call in Nassau. According to the Coast Guard, the man’s wife notified officials on the Elation about 8:30 a.m. Monday, when the ship was moored in Nassau, that her husband was missing. Pax overboard
14 February Majesty
RCI
WKMG reports the ship was grounded Monday at Port Canaveral following a safety inspection. The United States Coast Guard said it noticed issues concerning "safety of life at sea," but would not give any additional details. Royal Caribbean released a statement about the issue Tuesday morning. "The U.S. Coast Guard conducted a routine inspection of Majesty of the Seas. They came across some technical issues, including some outdoor life jackets that were showing their age. We hope to have replacements join the ship (Wednesday), and we expect to address the other issues shortly. The ship stayed in port overnight until they arrive," the company said. Fox 35 Orlando reports that even though the ship was permitted to depart the next day, passengers still found (and photographed) life vests that had not been replaced and were considered by the US Coast Guard to be unsafe. Detained in port for safety violations
14 February Vietnamese tourist boat VN Express reports a cruise ship went on fire on Monday afternoon in Ha Long Bay, a top travel destination in the northern province of Quang Ninh. No injuries were reported. The incident happened at around 3 p.m. when the anchored ship was waiting for seven tourists, including five foreigners, who had just left for a kayaking session, local media reported. Crew members managed to save all the luggage and put out the fire. The wooden vessel was built in 2003 and renovated in 2012. Authorities are investigating what caused the incident. Just more than a month ago, another cruise ship carrying 14 foreigners in Ha Long went on fire before it sank on January 10. The ship was returning from a night trip at around 6:30 a.m. when flames spread quickly and engulfed most of the vessel. Rescue workers at a local port managed to bring all 14 foreign tourists, their guide and six crew members to another boat before their ship sank.  
14 February Epic
NCL
From a passenger: We were on the ship ast week when a 20 year old girl died. The ship of course kept it hush hush but it was pretty obvious that there was foul play. The cabin door was taped off for 2 days with a guard in the hallway and evidence bags sitting outside the room. We were suppose to port at Great Stirrup Cay on Friday the 10th, but they announced there was a power outage there and we detoured to Nassau. Once arriving at Nassau it took forever to get clearance so we could get off the boat. Pax death? / Skipped port call
February 12 Encore
Seabourn
Radio New Zealand reports the ship berthed at the Port of Timaru this morning and, according to the Port's website, was due to leave for Akaroa about 6pm. Harbourmaster Jim Dilley said there were mooring issues with the ship and a strong southerly wind blew it away from the wharf. It hit another vessel, the Milburn Carrier II and became stuck between two wharves. Pilot and tug boats held the ship stable to minimise damage while they waited for the wind to subside. There were no reported injuries on either ship. Mr Dilley said the boat was now secure alongside the wharf with mooring lines. Two tug boats were keeping it in place and all remaining passengers were heading back on board. PrimePort Timaru chief executive Phil Melhop said while many passengers were away on tours, there were some onboard when the ship crashed. The ship was unable to leave Timaru as scheduled on Sunday evening. A Maritime NZ spokesman said it had been detained by the Harbourmaster, "under his jurisdiction". There was no clear timeframe on its possible departure. Collision - delayed for repairs
February 14 Star
NCL
Travel Weekly reports the ship is scheduled to sail for Auckland today. NCL said that guests are comfortable and enjoying the ship's amenities or time ashore in Melbourne. The cruise line said a small number of guests have chosen to disembark and transportation to the airport is being provided for them. The ship's next cruise is scheduled to begin Feb. 18 from Auckland. Repairs complete - departing Melbourne
February 10

L'Austral
Compagnie du Ponant

Radio New Zealand reports the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) has launched its second investigation this year into a luxury French cruise ship, after it hit rocks in the Milford Sound yesterday. The L'Austral moored in Bordeaux in April 2016.L'Austral moored at a wharf in Bordeaux in April 2016. Photo: AFP
The commission's chief investigator, Tim Burfoot, said the L'Austral, which is about 160 metres long, only had minor damage to its hull. But Mr Burfoot said it was already investigating another event involving the ship. He said the L'Austral had hit rocks while transferring passengers on Snares Island in January and had needed to call into Bluff for repairs. "The second event in itself is of concern enough to launch and enquiry.... The fact that it is the second of these events in such a short space of time has given more of a sense of urgency for us to find out what's actually happening." Mr Burfoot said three investigators would go onboard the L'Austral and starting making enquiries when it made a scheduled call into Dunedin tomorrow.
Hits rocks
February 10 Clipper Adventurer CBC reports the owners of a cruise ship that ran into a rock shelf in Nunavut will have to pay nearly $500,000 in environmental costs to the Canadian government after a Federal Court judge ruled they were responsible for the grounding. In the same decision, Justice Sean Harrington dismissed a $13.5-million claim from the MV Clipper Adventurer and its Bahamas-based owners, Adventurer Owner Ltd., who alleged that the Canadian government should have given them more information that could have prevented the crash. The decisions stem from an August 2010 incident, when the Clipper Adventurer, carrying 128 passengers and 69 crew, struck an uncharted rock shelf near Kugluktuk, Nunavut. The Canadian Coast Guard's Amundsen icebreaker rescued the passengers after the Clipper Adventurer's crew was unable to dislodge the vessel. It was eventually freed by four tugs and taken to Poland for repairs. Environmental fine
February 9 Star
NCL
Cruise Critic reports the ship has broken down off the coast of Australia, with plans underway to tow the ship back to Melbourne for urgent repairs to its propulsion system. It is believed the ship's second azipod failed after continuing issues with its other azipod, which started two weeks ago, causing the 16 year old vessel to sail at very slow speeds from Asia to Australia. Several itineraries have been affected, with multiple ports skipped to make up for lost time. In the latest incident, passengers told Cruise Critic the ship has been "dead in the water" since around 3 a.m this morning. An Australian passenger, Katrina B, said they are expected to stay in Melbourne for up to five days before cruising to Auckland, the last scheduled port of call. All other New Zealand ports will be missed, she said, although this has not yet been confirmed to Cruise Critic by the ship's operator, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL). "The second azipod has now also failed and we are drifting at sea. Waiting for tug boats to take us back to Melbourne. Hoping to get towed back to Melbourne by Saturday," Katrina B said from the ship. "Either way, it's turning out to be a 12-night cruise starting in Sydney, ending in Auckland, with one port: Melbourne." The missed ports are likely to include Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Napier and Tauranga, as well as scenic cruising through the fjords of Milford Sound. Yesterday's call to Burnie, Tasmania, was also cancelled before the cruise began in anticipation of the ship's maneuverability and propulsion problems. Dead in the water - under tow
February 9 Unnamed
Celebrity
Florida Record reports Christine Bojanowski filed a complaint on Jan. 31 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division against Celebrity Cruises Inc. alleging negligence. According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Feb. 15, 2016, she sustained physical injuries, including a right shoulder dislocation and a knee injury, after tripping on a ramp. The plaintiff holds Celebrity Cruises Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly allowed the ramp to exist in an unsafe and hazardous condition. U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division Case number 1:17-cv-20407-DPG Lawsuit for injury
February 9 Unnamed
NCL
Florida Record reports a New York resident alleges she was injured because of a ramp on a cruise ship. According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on August 20, 2016, she suffered injuries when she slipped and fell due to the hazardous condition of a ramp in an area of the ship's pool deck. The plaintiff holds NCL (BAHAMAS) LTD, doing business as Norwegian Cruise Line, responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to warn the plaintiff regarding the condition of the ramp. Lawsuit for injury
February 9 Emerald
Princess
New Zealand Herald reports a crew member has been killed on board the cruise ship Emerald Princess at Port Chalmers wharf after a gas cylinder exploded. The Herald understands inflatable vessels were being reinflated on deck seven when a 45kg gas cylinder exploded and flew through the air, killing the crew member. The gas bottle was then seen spinning on the wharf with its base blown out, according to a passenger on board. St John confirmed the death of a man in the 5pm explosion. "We did not transport any patient from the scene - one person was deceased at the scene," St John spokesperson Ian Henderson said. The Herald understands Maritime New Zealand will board the ship tomorrow at 10am to carry out an investigation. The ship departed that night,a day later than planned, as a consequence Milford Sound has been dropped from the intinerary. Death of crew member / Change in itinerary
February 9 Silver Whisper Silverseas The Avocate reports the ship bound for Burnie on Wednesday cancelled its planned stop due to easterly winds. was was coming from Sydney and was making a stop off at Burnie before heading to Melbourne. A Burnie City Council spokesman said the ship attempted to get into port at Burnie early on Wednesday but was forced to turn around due to easterly winds. The North-West Coast was under a strong wind warning on Wednesday with winds blowing at 35 to 50km/h. The Silver Whisper is the second cruise ship of the season to not dock as scheduled as the Norwegian Star was forced to cancel its scheduled visit on February 9 due to mechanical issues. Canceled port call
February 3 Elation
CCL
News4Jax reports a passenger was arrested Thursday after coming back from the Bahamas with two pill boxes of codeine, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said. Marty Hall, 26, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is charged with trafficking in opium. According to his arrest report, a JSO officer who was working offduty at the JAXPORT Carnival cruise line terminal said his K-9 named Donna alerted officers to Hall. The suspect was questioned and told police that while he was in the Bahamas, he purchased 33 codeine pills, and a mortar and pestle to grind up the pills so he could snort them. Police said he did not have a prescription for codeine. Hall was booked into the Duval County Jail. He posted his $25,000 bond Friday afternoon. Drug bust
February 3 Getaway & Dawn
NCL
Breaking Belize News reports over 6,000 cruise ship passengers visited Belize City this week, because their scheduled trip to the Harvest Caye port was canceled. The Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Dawn, diverted to the Fort Street Tourism Village (FSTV) on Wednesday and Thursday. The company’s public relations officers in Miami had reported to local media that the ships diverted as a safety measure, because there was an obstruction in the channel leading to Harvest Caye. However the Belize Port Authority says that there was no such obstruction. Chief Safety and Security Manager with the BPA, Michael Jenkins, said this afternoon that there was no obstruction of any kind in the channel this week. “One ship diverted due to mechanical problems, and the other did so at the decision of the company,” Jenkins continued. From a passenger: I was on that cruise. When I got off I did some Googling. As you noted for 3 Feb, the Belize news had some discussion of this. They noted that the port authority said there was no "object" blocking the channel and An NCL decision caused the Getaway to skip the port call. Earlier posting on breaking Belize new discussed issues with local fishermen, local tour operators banned from doing business on the private island and issues with the environmental impact statement for construction of the channel through the reef to the pier. Based on that information I "googled" the position of Green Peace's flag ship the a Rainbow Explorer. According to marinetracker.com that ship was in Cozumel 2/1/2017 and arrived in Panama waters 2/4/2017. This would have her in the area of Harvest Caye about the time Getaway skipped the port call. Thus it is possible that this ship was the "object" and a good reason NCL would desire to avoid confrontation and news media by skipping the port call. Itinerary change
February 3 Unnamed
CCL
Florida Record reports a passenger is suing Carnival Corporation alleging negligence in that the cruise ship company failed to keep the floor of its vessel free from any foreign substance that could cause an accident. According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on April 25, she slipped and fell, causing injuries to her left knee. The plaintiff holds Carnival Corporation, d/b/a Carnival Cruise Lines, responsible because the defendant allegedly allowed the hazardous condition and failed to warn the plaintiff about it. U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 1:17-cv-20398-KMW Lawsuit for injury
February 3 Enchantment
RCI
Florida Record reports an Ohio woman claims that she was injured. According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Jan. 29, 2016, she suffered physical injuries when she fell on the gangway. The plaintiff holds Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide adequate assistance to its passengers using the gangway. U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division Case number 1:17-cv-20367-FAM Lawsuit for injury
February 3 Unnamed
CCL
Florida Record reports a passenger alleges he was injured because he slipped on a deck that was wet with rain. According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he sustained physical injuries when he accidentally slipped and fell due to a deck wet because of rain. The plaintiff holds Carnival Corp. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to warn the plaintiff regarding the hazardous condition of the lido deck. U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 1:17-cv-20270-UU Lawsuit for injury
February 2 Sun
Princess
ABC reports a gastro outbreak on a cruise ship has affected about 90 holidaymakers, leaving others hoping to board in Brisbane with a prolonged and anxious wait as the ship is disinfected, Queensland Health says. The Sun Princess docked in Brisbane this morning, having completed a 12-day trip to Papua New Guinea. The operator said the ship and terminal would undergo a "prolonged disinfection" ahead of this evening's departure for a 14-day trip to New Zealand. Boarding passengers said they were left waiting for up to two hours as the ship was disinfected. Illness
January 30 Independence
RCI
Sun-Sentinel an Ohio man was sentenced to two years in prison Friday after pleading no contest to reports a participating in an attack on a teenage boy who made a lewd comment to his daughter on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. Jason Lawson, 33, was charged with child abuse and false imprisonment for refusing to let the boy leave the library of theship on Aug. 16, 2015. Lawson's brother-in-law, Arturo Martinez, had overheard the boy offering Lawson's daughter a "key chain for her virginity," according to arrest reports. Prosecutors said Lawson did nothing as Martinez, 31, simulated a sex act on the boy after forcing him to pull down his pants. Lawson apologized repeatedly on Monday, telling Broward Circuit Judge Dennis Bailey that he was embarrassed by his conduct and his failure to stop the attack as it unfolded in front of him. No contest - child abuse
January 30 CCL Travel Weekly reports Carnival Corp. has settled with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation over allegations that Carnival Cruise Line violated Alaska's standards that regulate visible air pollution from marine vessels. Carnival said the settlement was reached Aug. 6, 2016, and resulted in a payment "not material to our consolidated financial statements." The disclosure was made in Carnival's 2016 annual report filed with securities regulators. Carnival said Alaska in 2015 issued notices of violation to all major cruise lines operating in Alaska, including its Princess Cruises and Holland America Line brands, the two biggest lines in the market. Carnival said it is cooperating with Alaska and "conducting its own internal investigation into these matters." Fine for environmental violation
January 30 Millennium
Celebrity
Juneau Empire reports acruise ship worker who was found guilty of two counts of second-degree sexual assault for groping a fellow crew member has been sentenced to five years in prison. Eduar Klay Moran Bonilla, a Honduran native, was sentenced last month by Juneau Superior Court Judge Louis Menendez to two five-year terms to be served concurrently, plus one day to be served consecutively. Bonilla received credit for time already served and, according to a transcript from the sentencing hearing, will be deported upon his release from prison. He must register as a sex offender for life. Bonilla, 40 at the time, was arrested after a July 12, 2015 incident in which a comedian on board the ship reportedly stopped the assault before it could escalate further. During Bonilla’s trial in Juneau in October 2015, Rodney Johnson testified he heard the sounds of a struggle and opened a door that led to the crew members’ stairwell. When he opened the door, he said he saw the victim struggling to get free from Bonilla, who was holding her from behind with one hand on her waist. Sentenced for sexual assault
January 28 Royal
Princess
Virgin Island Daily News reports a wheelchair-bound cruise ship passenger died and another person was injured after they both were struck by a station wagon near Havensight Mall. Pax death ashore
January 27 NCL I recently returned from a cruise on NCL. I was shocked to find that my beer purchase at a bar, more than one hour after leaving port, had a charge for "sales tax." First, it seemed odd to charge sales tax when we were long gone from port, but even more strange was that the tax was 8% when the sales tax in Florida is 6%; 7% in Miami-Dade County. I wonder what NCL does with the excess 1%. (This practice may also be common on CCL, RCI, and others) Excessive charge of sales tax
January 27 Ovation
RCI
The Mercury reports Tasmania Police confirmed the cruise ship returned to Hobart to offload 53-year-old woman with a chronic medical condition after she became ill. Ambulance Tasmania said the woman was transferred from the ship off Sandy Bay by tender and transferred to an awaiting ambulance at Kings Pier. She was being taken to the Royal Hobart Hospital Police said the passenger was not critically ill. The ship left Hobart about 5.30pm yesterday bound for Sydney but was back in Hobart about 9pm. Return to port to offload ill passenger
January 26 Star
NCL
Cruise Law News reports last month, I wrote about an azipod failure on the Norwegian Star which resulted in the NCL ship limping around on an altered Asian itinerary, much to the frustration of cruise vacationers. It seems that instead of sending the ship to dry dock, NCL arranged to send the azipod contractors aboard to repair the ship while it was sailing. They apparently fixed the problem but the other azipod has now apparently failed: According to a message which from a crew member on the Norwegian Star today: "I'm writing to you again from the unlucky Norwegian Star! I wrote to you sometime in December when we broke down in Singapore at the beginning of our Asian season . . . yesterday 25th of January, while at sea we experienced problems again, this timer with other engine, "the old one!" So now thatNCL Norwegian Star one is offline... Today, 26th, in Bali, Indonesia, captain made announcement that we are changing the itinerary AGAIN this cruise, skipping 3 ports and adding sea days in order to reach Sydney in time. At the beginning of the cruise (before 23rd, Singapore) we already skipped places and for that everybody received 200$ for onboard account, today, that was changed to 500$. But of course, guests are NOT happy and poor guys at the reception and the security are getting pounded heavily by raging crowd . . . I feel sorry for them because it is not their fault or any other crew member for a broken engine and Miami office made a decision about refunds and amounts, not onboard management . . . So the stricken Norwegian Star is going AGAIN through some very hard times . . ." I also received this message from a passenger's family: "I have been contacted by relatives on Norwegian Cruiseline NCL Star. They left Singapore earlier this week and are on the way to Australia. Azipod failure again and they have been told their day in Brisbane is canceled, and their trip to the barrier reef is off. This was the reason my relative took the cruise in the first place, so he is very annoyed - it was his 70th birthday present and he has waited over a year to take this cruise. This cruise already can celled part of the itinerary before leaving due to the delays on the previous cruise. So far, they have been offered no refund of this cruise - have been bunged some on-ship credit to spend and 50% off the next cruise. They are not happy bunnies!! There is nothing on the internet about this yet, so please can you inform everyone. I don't see how NCL keep getting away with this - there is an obvious issue with this ship and they just keep taking people's money and canceling the planned trips." Engine failure
January 26 Legend
RCI
Stuff.NZ reports a 20-year-old crew member has suffered a serious spinal injury in a "traumatic event" on a cruise ship near Cook Strait. The incident happened as the shipwas travelling up the east coast of the South Island and through Cook Strait on its way to Brisbane overnight on Wednesday, a Maritime New Zealand spokesman said. The woman, who suffered a lower back fracture, was winched from the ship by a team using night-vision goggles, and was flown to Wellington Hospital in a serious but stable condition. A WorkSafe NZ spokesman said that, under the Health and Safety at Work Act, it investigated only those incidents involving New Zealand boats, or New Zealand-based charter boats hired by foreign operators when used in the country's waters. Legend of the Seas, which is based in the Asia-Pacific region and registered in the Bahamas, is not covered by the act. Crew member seriously injured - airlifted
January 26 Unnamed
CCL
Florida Record reports a passenger is suing alleging negligence and insufficient measures taken to prevent injuries. According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Nov. 23, she sustained physical injuries including a fracture when she tripped and fell down the stairs. The plaintiff holds Carnival Corporation, d/b/a Carnival Cruise Line, responsible because the defendant allegedly allowed a hazardous condition and failed to warn her about it. U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 1:17-cv-20253-DPG Lawsuit for injury
January 26 Silhouette
Celebrity
Florida Record reports a Delray Beach woman that was a passenger on cruise ship the Silhouette alleges she was injured by a sign that fell on her. According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on April 15, 2015, she suffered serious injuries when she tripped due to a standing sign that fell in front of her while walking through the ship's Solarium Spa. The plaintiff holds Celebrity Cruises Inc. and Canyon Ranch Institute responsible because the defendants allegedly allowed the hazardous condition to exist on the spa's walkways and failed to warn passengers. U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 1:17-cv-20055-CMA Lawsuit for injury
January 26 Unnamed
CCL
Florida Record reports a passenger is suing alleging negligence and insufficient measures taken to prevent injuries. According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Nov. 23, she sustained physical injuries including a fracture when she tripped and fell down the stairs. The plaintiff holds Carnival Corporation, d/b/a Carnival Cruise Line, responsible because the defendant allegedly allowed a hazardous condition and failed to warn her about it. U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 1:17-cv-20253-DPG Lawsuit for injury
January 26 Unnamed
CCL

Florida Record reports a child and her parents have filed suit against a cruise line after an incident at a ship's pool area. According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that in May 23, 2016, MJ suffered physical injuries when she was standing to exit a water slide and another child came down the slide and caused her to fall. The suit states the alleged incident caused MJ to fracture a tooth and broke the buccal plate. U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 1:17-cv-20030-FAM

Lawsuit for injury (child)
January 24 Triumph
CCL
Florida Record reports a passenger alleges she was injured because of a glass door in her estate room. According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Feb. 25, 2016, she sustained physical injuries, including fractured fingers and shoulder injury, when the glass balcony door in her estate room closed on her. The plaintiff holds Carnival Corp. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to adequately inspect the door to make sure it was safe. U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 1:17-cv-20054-KMM Lawsuit for injury
January 24 Freedom
CCL
Cayman Compass reports a cruise ship passenger ended up spending a couple of extra days on the island after he was seen last week taking part in a transaction that turned out to be the purchase of ganja. Alexander Barentine, 23, appeared in Summary Court late Friday, when he pleaded guilty to buying a small quantity of ganja in the George Town harbor area on Jan. 18. The incident that led to Barentine’s arrest occurred around 12:45 p.m., Crown counsel Aaliyah McCarthy told Magistrate Valdis Foldats. She said customs officers were driving in the area of Shedden Road and South Church Street, near the Cayman Islands National Museum, when they observed a local person of interest. The officers had previously received information that he was selling drugs to tourists. Drug bust
January 24 Valor
CCL
Cruise Critic reports the cruise scheduled to depart January 23 from Galveston will instead leave tomorrow and sail only four nights. Carnival Valor is expected to arrive in Galveston at 10 p.m. tonight. The ship was delayed due to a severe weather system that brought strong winds and currents, as well as heavy fog, to the region. As a result of the shortened itineraries, Carnival Valor will visit only Cozumel. Delayed debarkation and embarkation
January 24 Fantasy
CCL
Local 15 reports winds and seas remain so rough that the ship didn't return to Mobile as scheduled this morning. Pat Brennan, Mobile's Waterfront Coordinator, says winds in the northern Gulf are clocking in at 33 knots or 37 miles per hours, with seas approaching 16 feet, so Fantasy won't be docking in Mobile until 7 AM Tuesday. "What will happen is the passengers that depart tomorrow will have a 4 day cruise and return Saturday, and that puts the Fantasy on the scheduled itinerary."
Some passengers waiting to take the next cruise were already waiting in their cars, some from as far away as Wisconsin. Due to the delay, Fantasy will call only at Progreso. WIAT reports the ship experienced high seas and lots of passengers were ill during the extra day at sea.
Delayed debarkation and embarkation (by one day)
January 24 Unknown Cayman Compass reports the evidence against a cruise ship passenger arrested in Grand Cayman and accused of terrorist offenses in Turkey in the 1980s is so poor it amounts to an “abuse of process,” his lawyer claimed Saturday. Celal Kildag will contest his extradition to the eastern European country in a hearing scheduled for February. Turkish authorities formally filed the extradition request on Wednesday. It was certified by the governor on Saturday, just inside the 45-day legal deadline from Mr. Kildag’s arrest on Dec. 7. He was detained after arriving in George Town on a cruise ship when police were alerted to an Interpol Red Notice, essentially an international arrest warrant. He is accused of being involved in the “murder of two victims and the burning of two primary schools” as a member of a Kurdish separatist group in eastern Turkey in 1988. Arrested on Interpol warrant
January 24 Quest
Seabourn
Cruise Critic reports the ship was forced to leave Antarctica a day early due to a medical emergency requiring an air ambulance, which could not land on the continent. The ship, which is in the middle of its 21-night Ultimate Antarctica and Patagonia itinerary, was rerouted to the South Shetland Islands for the evacuation. Seabourn issued a statement: "Due to a medical emergency onboard, Seabourn Quest departed Antarctica on January 22, one day earlier than scheduled. The ship is currently making a few updates to the overall itinerary over the next week and will remain on schedule for disembarkation on February 2." Details of the adjusted itinerary have not yet been revealed, though whystayhome later added the ship spent January 22 at sea. Seabourn Quest was originally scheduled to be in Antarctica until January 24. Itinerary change (Antarctica)
January 23 Golden
Princess
Otago Daily Times reports a storm forecast to hit the east coast of the South Island overnight prompted the captain of the Golden Princess cruise ship to stay in Port Chalmers last night.
The MetService warned there would be severe southwest gales and heavy rain for coastal Otago and Banks Peninsula. Golden Princess was scheduled to depart for Akaroa late yesterday afternoon, but the 109,000 gross ton, 290m-long vessel stayed in port and is now not expected to leave until noon today. Despite the weather warnings, the smaller Maasdam cruise ship left for Akaroa about 6pm yesterday, as scheduled.
Unscheduled overnight stay in port
January 22 Unnamed DolusSea Cruises Arabian Supply Chain reports five people are missing from a cruise ship in The Gambia after the country declared a state of emergency following disputed election results.There are two crew and three passengers among those missing, while a statement on the company’s website confirms crew and passengers are missing, without providing details. Adnan William, operating manager for DolusSea Cruise Line, was quoted by Cruise Arabia & Africa as saying the ship docked in Banjul, the capital of The Gambia on Wednesday morning as part of a scheduled cruise itinerary. “The ship stayed overnight as planned, but one of our shore excursions did not return to the ship on Wednesday evening. We are working with the police to track their whereabouts, but the situation ashore is very fluid,” he said. Pax missing ashore
January 22 Liberty
CCL
USA Today reports the same key that gets Henry Echevarria into to his home almost kept him and his wife from departing on a vacation cruise. On Sunday, security screeners at Port Canaveral, Fla., told Echevarria and his wife, Lisa, that they could not board the Carnival cruise ship Liberty with his 2-inch, gun-shaped house key. "He pulls out my key and says 'Oh, here's the problem,' " said Henry Echevarria, who lives in this community about 45 miles north of Tampa. "It's my house key, and he said, 'Well, you can't take it on.' Both Henry and Lisa Echevarria work in law enforcement — Henry Echevarria is a Pasco County deputy — so they know about security procedures. He let Carnival put the key in a safe so he could retrieve it when they returned, but Henry Echevarria contends that action raises some security concerns of its own. “It's embarrassing because you're sitting there and everyone is looking at you like you did something wrong.” "They have my address. They have my key," Henry Echevarria said. "All they need to do is make a replica, and next thing you know they could be at my house." Carnival Cruise Line officials told WTSP-TV that its prohibited items policy does forbid "all firearms including replicas, imitations and their components." However, a house key shaped like a firearm is not what is meant by the term "replica." Almost denied boarding
January 21 Veendam
HAL
Local 10 News reports a ship waiter was arrested Thursday, days after he received oral sex from a 15-year-old girl who was aboard the ship with her family, authorities said. According to an arrest report, the incident happened Sunday night after Broward sheriff's deputies said Sukrantara, 26, met the victim on the 12th floor of the ship and the two began to kiss. Deputies said they went into a bathroom, where Sukrantara locked the door and the teen performed oral sex on him. The victim reported the incident to staff the next day. Detectives interviewed Sukrantara on Thursday, and said he confessed to receiving oral sex from the girl. The victim's father was also interviewed and expressed his desire to prosecute. Sukrantara was arrested on a charge of committing a lewd and lascivious act involving a minor. (NOTE: This crime will not be included in cruise line crime statistics because it does not qualify as a crime (as it is labeled) under the Cruise Vessel Secuirty and Safety Act -- see Cruise Law News) Ledwd and lascivious behaviour against a minor
January 20 Unknown
RCI
Florida Record reports a passenger is suing RCI, alleging negligence and insufficient measures taken to prevent injuries. According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that, in July 18, 2016, he suffered physical injuries from using a modified FlowRider Surfing Simulator aboard the vessel. The plaintiff holds Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. responsible because the defendant allegedly modified the attraction in a way that made it more dangerous and didn't provide proper warnings. U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 1:17-cv-20151-UU Lawsuit for injuries
January 20 Unknown
CCL
Florida Record reports Angela Moore filed a complaint on Jan. 12 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Carnival Corporation. According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Oct. 30, she suffered injuries to her neck, back and arm when her foot got caught in a bent drain or grate found in the middle of the bathroom of her cabin. The plaintiff holds Carnival Corporation, d/b/a Carnival Cruise Line, responsible because the defendant allegedly allowed the hazardous condition. U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 1:17-cv-20156-UU Lawsuit for injuries
January 19 Unknown
NCL
Canadian Press reports the mother of a Quebec woman jailed in the Bahamas for allegedly having sex with a teenage boy says her daughter dearly misses her three young children. Karine Gagne, 23, is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old American boy earlier this month. Chantale Auclair says her daughter, whose children are 3, 4 and 5, was on a cruise ship when she met a young male who supposedly told her he was 18. Auclair tells The Canadian Press the two had a sexual encounter before the boy's mother filed a complaint with police. Auclair travelled to the Bahamas where she spoke with her daughter this week. She says several questions remain unanswered, including how a teenager found himself in an area of the ship normally reserved for adults. Friends and relatives are trying to raise money to offset Gagne's legal costs, a possible bail amount and a plane ticket home. Gagne remains detained pending her next court appearance on Feb. 3. Cruise Law News reports The case involved a rather bizarre situation where the 23 year old woman met an American, 15 year old boy in what a newspaper describes as a "casino and bar area" on the cruise ship. The boy reportedly told the woman, (falsely so) that he was 18 years old. He also reportedly is over 6 feet tall and he was wearing a beard, apparently giving her the impression that he was an adult. The two then allegedly engaged in sex in a bathroom on the ship. The boy's mother learned of the tryst and, over the protestations of her son, reported the alleged incident to the police in the Bahamas. Jailed for sexual assault of minor
January 18 Pandaw River Cruises The Telegraph reports the company has cancelled a new itinerary in Borneo five weeks before the first departure, leaving hundreds of holidaymakers disappointed. In December the company bought a 24-passenger vessel for the one-week cruises on the Kapuas River, which were sold out until 2018. Pandaw said it took the decision to cancel because after more than a year the Indonesian government has still not granted the permits and licenses it needs to operate the cruises. Cancelation
January 16 Grandeur
RCI
Cuise Law News reports a passenger aboard the cruise ship (who wishes to remain anonymous) informed me that a lifeboat had fallen from the cruise ship and was upside down in the water. He sent photographs of the lifeboat taken by other passengers. One photograph shows a cable which is are obviously frayed (bottom photo) and suggests that the cables may have broken and dropped the lifeboat into the water. It is currently unknown whether the accident occurred during a lifeboat drill or whether there were crew members in the lifeboat when it fell. The newspaper reports that the U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said "staff from the ship are attempting Grandeur of the Seas Lifeboatto retrieve the life raft and a team from the Coast Guard will assess any potential pollution impacts."
There are no reports at this time whether there are any crew member injuries at this time. The newspaper says that "there was no one was on the raft." January 17, 2017 Update: The Grandeur of the Seas arrives today at the port of Miami, without a lifeboat. The Grandeur apparently left the fallen lifeboat in Charleston. Has the Coast Guard inspected the other lifeboats?
Lifeboat breaks free
January 15 AIDAprima
AIDA
Cruise Law News reports today's Bild reports cruise ship Aida Prima was hit by 23 ft waves in the North Sea as it was returning to home port Hamburg on Friday evening from a week-long European itinerary. All passengers were ordered back to their cabins. Ship is now safely back in port in Hamburg. Aida cruise line confirmed the incident, including injuries to 'three passengers, 'two bruises and a bone fracture.' Per the article, The Elbe (river connecting Hamburg to the North Sea) had been closed in the hurricane for ships - but the authorities made an exception for the Aida Prima. 'She was allowed to enter and reached the berth at the cruise terminal Steinwerder at 7.45 am. The resulting material damage could not be quantified today.' The Bild story with stills and video is here, entitled 'Our chaos night on the Aida.' Hit by high seas
January 15 Unnamed Tokyo Reporter reports six Taiwanese men were arrested for attempting to smuggle more than one billion yen worth of stimulant drugs through Naha Port in a possible organized smuggling operation, police said on Sunday. Customs officers found four kilograms and 2.6 kilograms of kakuseizai, or stimulant drugs, strapped to the torsos of two of the men at Naha Port last month after they disembarked from a cruise ship that departed from Taiwan for Okinawa Prefecture, Nippon News Network reports (Jan. 15). Police also arrested four other men involved in the case. One was aboard the same ship, and three others were waiting in Okinawa for the drugs. All six men were arrested on suspicion of violating the Stimulant Drug Control Law for attempting to smuggle a total of 17.2 kilograms of stimulant drugs valued at around 1.2 billion yen. Drug bust
January 15 Freedom, Valor & Breeze
CCL
Cruise Critic reports three Carnival Cruise Line ships have been affected by heavy fog in Galveston, Texas, with two ships scheduled to depart yesterday, January 14, expected to leave later today. Freedom was scheduled to depart Galveston January 14 on a return seven-night Western Caribbean cruise -- with calls at Ocho Rios in Jamaica and George Town in Grand Cayman -- while Carnival Valor was also scheduled to depart yesterday on a return five-night Western Caribbean cruise with calls at Cozumel and Progreso in Mexico. Carnival Breeze -- the third Carnival ship affected by adverse weather conditions in Galveston -- was scheduled to depart the port today, January 15, on a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise, with calls at Roatan in Honduras, Belize City and Cozumel in Mexico. A weather advisory on Carnival's website says: "The fog in Galveston is not expected to improve until sometime mid-day tomorrow [Sunday]. As soon as we receive clearance from port authorities, we will start to make our way into Galveston. Since there is only one cruise terminal available for us tomorrow, Carnival Valor, also delayed at sea today, has been given berthing priority for Sunday." A fourth ship -- Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas -- is also scheduled to depart Galveston today on a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise. Itinerary effected by fog
January 15 The World ABC reports the ship lost an anchor in Port Arthur bay and is waiting in Hobart for it to be retrieved. It is understood a section of the ship's main anchor chain broke in heavy winds at Port Arthur on Thursday, forcing the ship to use its starboard anchor. It travelled to Hobart and is now berthed at Macquarie Wharf No. 2. Shipping agent Wilhelmsen has contracted local firm Tasmanian Shipping Supplies to retrieve the anchor which weighs about 8 tonnes, but work has been delayed due to bad weather. Delayed - lost anchor
January 15 Sinfonia
MSC Cruises
From a reader: MSC Sinfonia left Cape Town 1 hour late as a result of wind on 13 Jan for a 2 night ‘nowhere’ cruise. The ship returned to Cape town at full speed on the afternoon of Saturday 14 Jan with a pax on board in labour. The ship berthed at 19h10 local time and is set to sail for Walvis Bay and Ludertiz tomorrow (Sun 15th). Early return
January 13 Breeze
CCL
Miami New Times reportsIn the fall of 2015, a Florida woman boarded the ship with her 15-year-old daughter and set sail for the Caribbean. It was October 3, the last leg of the eight-day voyage. As she had done several nights of the cruise, the girl stopped by Deck 4 to check out the ship's alcohol-free club, which catered to 15-to-17-year-olds. While inside, the girl says, she saw a group of drunk men being kicked out of the club after someone noticed they were too old to be there. It wouldn't be her last encounter with them: A lawsuit filed last week in federal court says the teen was attacked by the men as she left the club to get ice cream on another deck. The complaint, filed by the girl's mother, says the five men grabbed the teen, pushed her into an elevator, and dragged her down a hallway to one of the men's rooms. There, the girl says, she was stripped, forced to perform oral sex, and violently raped. Until the group entered the stateroom, the ship's surveillance cameras were capturing their every movement, according to the suit. The lawsuit accuses the cruise line of negligence, saying Carnival failed to deliver the safe and comfortable environment it promises teen guests and lacked "adequate security to protect minor passengers from pedophiles and other sorts of sexual attackers." Lawsuit for alleged rape of minor
January 13 L'Austral Ponant From a reader: The ship went back yesterday, to Bluff-New Zealand, interrupting its normal scheduled cruise to the New-Zealand sub-Antarctic islands and Macquarie island, after landings only on Aucklands islands (Enderby island and Musgrave inlet). There is no information as to an exp,lanation, yet. Disruption in itinerary?
January 11 Sinfonia
MSC Cruises
From a reader: The ship arrived in Cape Town from Durban at around 01h00 on 9th January ahead of schedule in order to depart at 15h00 on the same day for Walvis Bay in Namibia because of strong winds forecasted. A 48 year old male pax suffered a fatal heart attack whilst waiting in the check in queue and 60 pax arrived late and held the ship back even further. By this time, the wind had picked up and the ship couldn’t sail. A further 2 pax arrived very late and they were denied boarding. Vessel sailed from Cape Town approximately 06h30 this morning 10th Jan and itinerary has changed. Walvis Bay has now been dropped and instead the ship will anchor in Luderitz, Nambia, and weather permitting, pax may tender ashore (very misty in Luderitz at this time of year) weather permitting. MSC Sinfonia is due back in Cape Town on Friday 13th and wind is forecast to be blowing strongly again. Update: Ship is on her way back to Cape Town on 11 Jan as Luderitz was fogbound. ETA Cape Town is 13 Jan and scheduled for a 2 night cruise to ‘nowhere’ which might just literally happen as the wind is forecast to be very strong. Itinerary changes (weather)
January 10 Independence
RCI
TMZ reports Royal Caribbean Cruises put a bunch of tourists in a death trap by setting them up with a reckless Jamaican bus driver who ended up getting into a huge wreck ... according to a new lawsuit. The 8 passengers suing were aboard the Independence of the Seas a year ago when they pulled into port and booked a day excursion to Dunn's River Falls ... which required them to take a bus, and their description of the ride is pretty hairy. They say the driver was speeding, changing lanes and generally driving like a maniac. They repeatedly asked him to slow down, but were told he was driving "the way everyone typically drove in Jamaica." According to docs, the only thing slow about the driver was his reaction to an oncoming truck ... which had swerved into their lane. The passengers say their wheel man failed to get out of the way, and the bus was broadsided and flipped multiple times ... causing severe and permanent injuries. They say Royal Caribbean stuck them with an incompetent driver and failed to provide a safe excursion.  
January10 Fascination
CCL
Florida Record reports Linda Wieters filed a complaint on Dec. 21 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division against Carnival Corp. alleging negligence. According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Jan. 30, 2016, she suffered physical injuries when she slipped and fell due to a slippery floor near the Atrium Bar because of ice on the floor. The plaintiff holds Carnival Corp. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to keep its floors clean and dry or provide adequate warning to passengers regarding the hazardous condition of the floor. U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division Case number 1:16-cv-25284-RNS Lawsuit for slip and fall
January 10 Various Travel Agent Central reports four cruise passengers were among the five people killed in Friday’s tragic shooting at a crowded baggage claim area within FLL Airport. At least six others were wounded. Several dozen airport passengers were also injured as people fled the scene. 4 cruise pax among dead in FLL incident
January 6 Splendor
CCL
TMZ reports a passenger sprang a major leak while playing mini-golf on the ship -- as in, his arm was ripped wide open, and we got the gory pics he says prove the cruise line's to blame. Dzung Tran says he was mini-golfing aboard the Carnival Splendor last summer when he tripped and fell over a loose border on the course. He says he suffered numerous injuries ... the worst of which was to his arm. Tran says he was impaled by a club which tore a major artery in his upper arm. If you want to know how major, check out the photos. You might want to sit down first. Tran claims the golf course was poorly maintained and not built to code, so he's suing for a ton of dough. We reached out to Carnival. No word back yet.
Take a look at the course ... if you've recovered from the injury pics.
Lawsuit for onboard injury
January 5 Zenith
Pullmantur
Nation News reports police are seeking the public’s help in locating a cruise ship visitor who arrived in Barbados on December 27, 2016. He is 28-year-old Luis Felipe Del Rosario Perez of the Dominican Republic. He was last seen by the captain of the ship around 11 a.m. on the day he departed the ship at the Bridgetown Port. Pax missing ashore
January 5 Golden
Princess
Gisborne Herald reports the ship had to pass by Gisborne this morning due to a heavy swell beyond the safety limits to unload and tender passengers ashore. The ship‘s third visit of the season was cancelled yesterday afternoon. The ship’s captain was advised that a large swell was expected in Poverty Bay today. “A big swell puts the visit beyond safety limits to bring passengers ashore,” a port official said. Cruise co-ordinator Lana Davy from Heart of Gisborne said it was "extremely fortunate that an early cancellation call was made yesterday afternoon, because normally we find out on the day. Skipped port call (weather)
January 4 Minerva
Swan Hellenic
& Voyager Voyages of Discovery
The Telegraph reports All Leisure Group – the travel company that owns cruise lines Swan Hellenic and Voyages of Discovery – has announced that it has ceased trading, after selling off many of its brands. The two cruise companies had 13,000 passengers booked on future departures and 400 passengers currently overseas, according to Abta – the association of travel agents and tour operators. All future bookings have now been cancelled. All passengers who are currently overseas will be repatriated by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) free of charge. ABTA advises, if you have paid for a future booking it will have been cancelled, and you may be refunded under one of two schemes, or through your credit card issuer. If your cruise was scheduled to depart from a UK port, you should claim through the link on the Abta website. If you have booked a flight and a cruise together you will normally be protected under the government’s Atol scheme. A detailed guide to how the claims system will operate has been published on the Atol website. Out of business
January 4 Unnamed (likely MSC Cruises) South China Morning Post reports a large cruise ship with more than 2,000 people on board was stuck at sea for two days because it was unable to dock in the heavy smog that has enveloped much of northern China, according to a newspaper report. The vessel finally returned to the Port of Tianjin on Monday afternoon after drifting for two days at sea, according to the Beijing Evening News. The thick air pollution had earlier made it impossible to safely berth the vessel, according to the article. While the cruise ship was stuck at sea, over 1,000 other passengers were held up at the Tianjin port on New Year’s Eve waiting to board their South Korea-bound vessel which was delayed due to the thick smog, Tianjin Daily reported. Stuck at sea for two days because of smog
January 4 Unknown
RCI
Florida Record reports a North Carolina couple are suing RCI after they were injured in a bus accident during an on-shore excursion. According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on Jan. 14, 2016, they were injured when the bus they were traveling on for an off-shore excursion was broadsided by a truck and flipped over several times. The plaintiffs holds Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD responsible because the defendant failed to investigate, screen and audit drivers used by its excursion operator and failed to select an excursion operator that had basic safety equipment. U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division Case number 1:16-cv-25262-JEM Lawsuit for Shorex accident
January 3 Voyager
Voyages of Discovery
Independent reports the company has cancelled a cruise starting from Malaysia tomorrow. The trip aboard Voyager was due to take in Borneo, Cambodia, Thailand and Singapore. But a statement on the line’s website says: “Due to operational reasons, Voyages of Discovery regrets to inform its passengers that the Riches of the Orient cruise due to start in Malaysia on 4th January 2017 has been cancelled. Canceled cruise
January 3 Minerva
Swan Hellenic
Independent reports on the day when around 300 passengers booked with a leading cruise line were due to begin a New Year voyage from Marseille to Tenerife, mystery surrounds the last-minute cancellation of the sailing “due to operational reasons”. Swan Hellenic told passengers that the 15-day trip aboard Minerva would not be going ahead only on 30 December. The company said customers will be contacted shortly about refund procedures. Canceled cruise
January 2 Unnamed ferry
Tirrenia
Daily Mail reports aman who fell asleep next to his wife on a cruise ship sunbed was shocked to wake up and find she was missing. Two months on, the pensioner's dead body has been found in a ship ventilation shaft. German Ernst Bechstein has slammed the crew for allegedly not carrying out a proper search of the ship, claiming his wife Imelda could still be alive had they done so The 74-year-old Mr Bechstein admitted his wife, who is the same age, could sometimes become disorientated and must have wandered into the engine room and toppled into the ventilation shaft. He first reported her missing when he woke up from the sun lounger to discover her missing, but her body has only been found TWO MONTHS later. On 30th October, the couple took a Tirrenia ferry from Porto Torres in Sardinia back to Genoa on the Italian mainland. Mr Bechstein said: "We rested in sleeping-chairs. When I woke up later, my wife had disappeared." Recent autopsy results showed that Imelda had died the night after she vanished and no other signs of violence were found on the body other than injuries from falling down the shaft. Missing passenger found dead two months later onboard
January 2 Zahro Express
Passenger ferry
Time reports police in Indonesia have detained the captain of a ferry that caught fire Sunday, leaving 23 dead and 17 others missing, claiming that he abandoned ship as passengers struggled to escape. According to CNN, the captain is being investigated amid allegations that he was the first to jump ship, and that five other people — three crew members and two port authority staff — have also been detained in relation to the tragedy. Local news site Tempo reports that the skipper could face serious penalties for his alleged negligence, such as losing his license and a ban from sailing. Budiono also vowed to sack the port’s harbormaster because of the accident, citing a discrepancy over how many passengers were on board, Indonesia’s government-run news agency reported. “The number of passengers was written 100, but some said there were 184 people on the boat, some said 250. It was clearly different from what was written on the manifest,” Budiono told the Antara news agency. The Zahro Express, a tourist ferry reportedly carrying mostly Indonesian travelers to Tidung Island in North Jakarta, caught fire around 9 a.m. local time Sunday near the port of Muara Angke. At least 23 people died in the blaze, while divers are preparing to search for 17 people who are still missing. The cause of the fire is still unknown. Pax deaths in fire on ferry
January 2 Divina
MSC Cruises
US Coast Guard reports it is searching for a passenger who is suspected of going overboard early Monday morning in waters north of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Jeon Pierre Knorr, 74, a French citizen was reportedly last seen by his wife at approximately 3 a.m. going out to the couple's room balcony to take some fresh air. The circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the missing passenger remain unknown. Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan proceeded to launch an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Borinquen to initiate the search. MSC Divina officials notified the Coast Guard that they have searched the entire cruise ship and made callouts through the public announcement system with negative results. See Cruise Law News for an interesting discussion of this incident. Pax overboard

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